On average, the experts receive only 1 donation from a healthy volunteer for each and every 25 from those suffering from one of the conditions. To date mind donations have helped researchers develop new treatments and drugs, including L-DOPA. Recently, researchers have used donated cells to recognize chemicals called free radicals that may be involved with nerve cell death in Parkinson’s. Dr Goldring adds: ‘Although some feel squeamish about the thought of donating their brains to medical research, it really is vital that people get more samples to conduct research. With an extremely ageing population, the incidence of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is only likely to increase, producing further research important.’ Dr Goldring is the supervisor of the Parkinson’s Disease Society Tissue Bank, started in 2002, and preserved by Imperial University London at Charing Cross Medical center, London.In the January 2011 problem of Arthritis Care & Research Information on the this study can be found, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell with respect to the American College of Rheumatology. A 2002 report by the World Health Organization estimated OA to become the fourth leading reason behind years lost because of disease worldwide. OA disability can be quickly becoming a major public wellness concern with experts suggesting that by 2020 the number of people with OA could have doubled due to growing obesity prevalence and the ageing of the baby boomer generation.